March Trade Deficit At $74.5B, 5.6% More Than February

The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, also known as the FT-900, is published monthly by the Bureau of Economic Analysis with data going back to 1992. The monthly reports include revisions that go back several months. This report details U.S. exports and imports of goods and services.

Here is an excerpt from the latest report:

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in March 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $70.5 billion in February (revised) to $74.4 billion in March, as imports increased more than exports. The previously published February deficit was $71.1 billion. The goods deficit increased $3.6 billion in March to $91.6 billion. The services surplus decreased $0.3 billion in March to $17.1 billion.

Today's headline number of -74.45B was at the forecast.

Here is a snapshot that gives a better sense of the extreme volatility of this indicator.

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